Susan l Brown
Susan is a graduate of the Fine Arts program, U. of T. and is an award winning art educator. Travel abroad and experimentation in may media have contributed to the development of Susan’s work, from batik paintings to mixed media collage, to acrylic painting. Her work reflects multicultural imagery and a cross pollination of Western and non-Western art historical styles. Susan is a member of the Don Valley Art Club, exhibits with the Bayview Art Tour and NTGA groups and has exhibited her work at the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, The Market Gallery, St. Lawrence Market Toronto.
Thoughts about art and community:
I consider myself an “artcidental tourist”. I make art in an attempt to capture the people, places, and ideas that I have encountered by accident during my life at home and abroad. Like a tourist, I tend to be fascinated and excited by the rich variety of visual, musical and linguistic experiences offered by foreign cultures, familiar and unfamiliar places. I try to represent the essence of an event or express my personal poetic response to compelling transient moments with the hope of sharing them with a wider audience and community. In this way I make sense of my life and create meaning.
Work created for a specific site should be mindful of the evolution of it’s location: physically, historically, culturally, aesthetically. Art for a public space creates an environment with art and for art, where people operate as part of the environment as well as audience and co-creators. Community art encourages people to grow creatively, ultimately enhancing people’s lives.